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Local Roundup: Hanover’s Tennis Title Reign Ends

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    Hartford's Paige Childs.
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    Lebanon's Caleb Broughton.
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  • Lebanon's Caleb Broughton.<br/>Valley News - Tris Wykes

Portsmouth, n.h. — The champs didn’t go down without a fight. Up against No. 2 seed Portsmouth in the semifinals of the New Hampshire Division II playoffs, the defending state champion Hanover High boys tennis team lost 6-3 on an afternoon featuring three matches ending in tiebreakers.

Henry Pletcher won 9-8 (11-9) at No. 1 singles for Hanover (14-2). The Marauders didn’t play the Clippers (13-1) in the regular season. Portsmouth’s only loss was to undefeated No. 1 seed Derryfield.

Two other singles matches went into tiebreakers but both went against Hanover. Jeffry Li lost 8-9 (5-7) at No. 3 singles and Isaac Davis fell 8-9 (4-7) at No. 6 singles. Miles Campbell added an 8-4 win in his singles match. Li and Richard Qiu then paired for an 8-3 win in their doubles match.

Graham Dickson (4-8) and Qiu (1-8) lost tough matchups in singles. Dickson/Henry (2-8) and Davis/Benny Gantrish (3-8) lost in doubles.

Hanover was 17-0 last season in winning the state title. Li, Davis and Miles Campbell are the Marauders’ seniors.

Derryfield 9, Lebanon 0

Manchester — The Raiders (12-4) saw their season come to an end against the unbeaten Cougars in the D-II playoffs.

Max Reed and Jeff Purdy lost in a tiebreaker at No. 1 doubles in the closest match of the day.

“We were just emotionally and physically tired after beating Goffstown on Wednesday,” Lebanon coach Rich Kelly said.

The Raiders graduate Purdy and Nabeel Khan.

Baseball

Lebanon 10, Milford 5

Lebanon — The Raiders (10-6) doubled up on the Spartans as starting pitcher Grayson Hardy improved to 6-1 with a win in the regular season finale.

Hardy went the distance, striking out five while scattering eight hits and walking two. The Raiders answered a Spartan run in the top of the first with seven in the bottom of the frame to take a commanding lead. Cam Broughton and Noah Mayes each had two-run singles in the first inning rally.

Caleb Broughton finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Hardy added two hits.

Lebanon currently sits in eighth place in the New Hampshire D-II standings and are hoping to stay there in order to host a first-round playoff game.

“It’s been a really good year for us, rebounding from 2-14 last year,” Raiders coach Doug Ashey said. “This is probably the best we’ve swung the bats. I’m proud of the way the kids battled today.”

Hanover 12, Sanborn 4

Hanover — Rohan Kumar tossed a complete game to help the Marauders (6-9) beat the Indians.

Kumar struck out seven and walked five. Ben Herndon-Miller led the attack with three hits, two RBIs and a run scored. Evan Greenwald added two hits, two runs and an RBI. Jordy Levin had two hits, drove in one and scored twice. Josh Goodrich keyed a seven-run second inning for the Marauders with a two-run double.

Hanover visits Manchester West for a doubleheader today and then visits Souhegan on Saturday to cap a stretch of seven games in five days.

Randolph 5, Lamoille 1

Randolph — Leland Goodenough slammed the door with an inning and a third of shutdown relief effort as the Galloping Ghosts improved to 8-7.

Alex Delhagen started for Randolph, tossing the first 5 2⁄ 3 innings as the Ghosts built a good lead. Goodenough then came in and struck out three of the four batters he faced. Ross Caswell led the Ghosts with a pair of hits. Randolph had eight hits on the day.

The Ghosts close the regular season at U-32 on Saturday.

Lyndon 6, Oxbow 5 (8)

Bradford, Vt. — The Olympians lost a heartbreaker as the Vikings stormed back to win in extra innings.

Nick Daigle started for Oxbow, going the first six innings allowing 12 hits and picking up three strikeouts. Tyler Gillis went the rest of the way, striking out two. Gillis added a single and an RBI double. Hunter Torrey had three hits.

Oxbow (6-9) hosts Rivendell on Saturday.

InterLakes 6, Mascoma 3

West Canaan — Walt Hammond tossed a complete game and allowed just one earned run as the Royals (3-13) closed their season with a loss.

Hammond struck out three, walked four and allowed three hits. Oscar Brueckner, Jimmy Partridge and Alex Brueckner each had RBI singles for the Royals. Anthony Sperry and Ethan Neily each had base hits and scored a run.

Softball

Thetford 19, South Royalton 6

Thetford — A trio of seniors led the Panthers at the plate on senior day as Thetford improved to 5-8.

Senior Shenia Covey had two singles and a home run, one of three by the Panthers on the afternoon. Classmate Taylor Cudhea added a home run, a double and a single. Carlie Ulman had a double.

Junior Michaela Pomeroy also had a home run and went 2-for-4. Elise Jackson added four hits. Freshman Emily Emerson, a stalwart in left field this season, injured her ankle and is out for the season.

Thetford visits Lamoille this afternoon.

Lamoille 15, Randolph 14

Randolph — The Galloping Ghosts lost a wild game with the Lancers, dropping to 6-9.

Kalie Warner led Randolph with three hits, but took the loss in tossing 1 2⁄ 3 innings of relief. Jackie Lumbra added three hits and Alyssa Daubenschmidt had two hits. The Ghosts had four runs in the third inning to take an early 8-5 lead but couldn’t hold on from there.

Randolph hosts U-32 on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Windsor 16, MSJ 8

Rutland — The Jacks (8-6) survived a wild contest with the Mounties.

Erin Wierzbicki led the Windsor attack, reaching base five times and scoring four runs. Haley Wood was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Emily Williams added a triple, a single and scored twice. Brooke Hurd had a double and a base hit. Ashlee Bly got the win in the circle and helped her own cause with a triple.

Windsor hosts Hartford on senior day this afternoon.

Otter Valley 4, Hartford 3

Brandon, Vt. — The Otters walked off with a win in the bottom of the seventh inning, dropping Hartford to 9-6.

Kaitlynn Woodward went the distance for the Canes, scattering eight hits and three walks while striking out five. Jenna Yee had an RBI single in the fifth inning for Hartford. Paige Childs added a two-run double in the sixth inning to knot the score at 3-3. Kayla Lancour, Paige Laramie and Courtney Murray also had hits.

Hartford is now sixth in the Vermont D-II standings, just behind Otter Valley in fifth place.

The Canes visit Windsor this afternoon to close the regular season.

Lyndon 9, Oxbow 8

Bradford, Vt. — The D-III Olympians (14-1) suffered their first loss in a matchup with the D-II Vikings (14-1).

With the score 9-8 and runners on second and third in the bottom of the seventh inning, an Oxbow batter hit a ground ball up the middle. The runner going from second to third collided with the Lyndon shortstop; interference was called and the game ended.

Leah Hanzas tossed a complete game for Oxbow, allowing nine hits while striking out two against four walks. Kasie Craig (3-for-3) and Kayleigh Trojanowski (2-for-3) led the Oxbow attack. The Olympians outhit the Vikings 12-9.

“It was a pretty epic battle,” O’s coach Robin Wozny said. “It was a heck of a game between two teams at the top of their division. I’m not disappointed at all.”

Oxbow visits Blue Mountain on Saturday.

Sanborn 17, Hanover 1

Hanover — The Marauders (2-14) dropped a home game to the Indians.

Hanover trailed 10-1 through six innings, giving up nine unearned runs to that point. Senior pitcher Darby Phillips pitched a complete game on senior day for the Marauders. Katie Fenton was 2-for-3 and Nora Anderson tripled and scored a run.

Hanover visits Trinity on Saturday.

Boys Lacrosse

Windham 14, Kearsarge 6

Windham, n.h. — The Cougars (4-10) dropped their ninth consecutive game following a 4-1 start to the season.

Travis Newman led Kearsarge with three goals. Justin Norris added two goals and Andrew VanHooydonk had one. Tristan Rowe had two assists and David Benjamin had one helper. Goalie Will Aufranc had 21 saves.

Girls Lacrosse

Hanover 15, Dover 1

Dover, n.h. — Sophie Lubrano had three goals and three assists to lead Hanover (15-2) over the Green Wave.

Christine Croitoru added two goals and three assists. Hannah Seibel scored four goals and Molly Seibel had three. Liesel Robbins scored twice and Johanna Copeland had one goal. Evie Keating and Maddie Lyons each had one assist.

The Marauders close the regular season with a visit from Windham this afternoon. Currently in first place in New Hampshire D-II, Hanover can clinch the top seed in the playoffs with a win over the Jaguars.

Rutland 19, Hartford 6

Wilder — The Canes (0-14) lost in their regular season finale.

Esme Cole led Hartford with three goals, Skylar Gay had two and Natalie Yoder scored once. Goalie Leah Seaver made eight saves.

Recreation

Floor Hockey in Lebanon

Lebanon — Organizers of a Lebanon-based summer floor hockey league will hold a signup for interested players on Monday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Salt hill Pub in Lebanon.

The league is open to adult men and women and will play over 10 weeks on Friday evenings at 7 and 8 p.m. in the Carter Community Building Association’s Witherell Recreation Center gymnasium. Players will be required to bring their own sticks and wear shin guards and protective eyewear. The league’s team fee is $725 for the season, with a suggested team size of eight or nine athletes. Individuals are welcome to join as well and will be placed on a team.

Visit http://uvfloorhockey.com for answers to other questions and for details on the league. Further questions may also be directed to Jared Rhoads at play@uvfloorhockey.com or 978-335-8428.

Legion Baseball

Post 22 Meeting Sunday

Lebanon — The Lebanon American Legion Post 22 baseball program will hold an organizational meeting for prospective players and their parents on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the post’s home on Mechanic Street.

Post 22 will again sponsor senior and junior teams this summer in the New Hampshire American Legion league. The senior team is open to players born on or after Jan. 1, 1995, while the junior team welcomes candidate born on or after Jan. 1, 1997. Any player born on or after Jan. 1, 2002, is not eligible to play American Legion baseball.

Tryouts for both teams will be held on June 15, 16 and 17 at Lebanon High School, starting at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Pete St. Pierre at 603-448-3429 or 602-252-7809 or visit www.post22baseball.org.

College Track

Dartmouth Competes at Regional

Jacksonville, Fla. — On the first day of competition at the NCAA Track & Field East Regional, Dartmouth senior Steve Mangan posted the eighth-best qualifying time in the men’s 1,500 meters and will move on to the event’s national quarterfinal round.

Mangan ran in the fourth preliminary heat of the afternoon. The Big Green senior crossed the line in 3:46.25, just one-hundredth of a second behind North Carolina State’s Graham Crawford for the top spot.

However, only the top five move on to Saturday night’s quarterfinal round at 6:30.

Besides Mangan, Dartmouth also saw Edward Wagner and Jim Budzinski compete. Budzinski was 33rd in the javelin and Wagner was 33rd in the 400.

 Dartmouth senior Megan Krumpoch ran a program-record 2:04.61 in the preliminaries of the women’s 800 meters and automatically qualified for the national quarterfinal round.

Krumpoch’s time was the fourth fastest of the day as she finished second in her heat by just 15-hudredths of a second to Georgetown’s Andrea Keklak. Krumpoch broke her own school record of 2:06.31 by nearly two seconds.

The Big Green senior will run again this evening at 7:for a shot to move on to the NCAA National Championship in Eugene, Ore., in two weeks.

Teammate Meggie Donovan finished 35th overall in 2:07.53, a time that now ranks as the fourth-best mark in program history, but did not advance.

Dartmouth’s Elizabeth Markowitz was 34th in the 1,500.